Originally Posted by kfayard
Aww! He is adorable!! Maybe I will get to see him sometime??!! I see you got to meet cute little miss Emily! Everything will get better :-)
I'm sure you will meet him one day! I can't wait for that to happen :-) Emily is such a sweetheart so is Megan too. Can't wait to see your puppies get to 8 weeks too! I love seeing your pictures of them!
Originally Posted by DanaRuns
Keisel is a great looking boy. Congratulations!
I think the not rewarding him when he leaves the crate is to keep him from wanting out to get a reward. You don't want him trying to get out in order to get a reward. When you reward him for his good behavior as he leaves the crate, he won't associate the treat with his good behavior, he will associate it with getting out of his crate.
I see your point in the treat not reflecting on his behavior but trying to escape.. but he doesn't do anything but fall asleep (When I'm doing it for 5 minutes). It says that over time he forgets what he's doing and it gives him something to focus on instead of the feeling of being 'trapped'.
Do you have any other suggestions besides just leaving him in the crate and having him 'cry it out'? I don't want separation anxiety to start and he is out of breath and so hoarse when I get back it kills me. In the video he is clawing at the cage, biting, screaming anxiety..
Originally Posted by bonacker
Keisel sure is a cutie! How did you come up with his name? I love it! He's too new to worry about crying when you leave. I would give it a day or so and it will probably resolve itself.
Thanks!! I'm a huge Steelers fan and I wanted a name that had a meaning to me. Keisel is a linebacker that plays for the Steelers.. he's called the mountain man because of his huge beard! The puppy will eventually have a lot of fur so it fit perfectly!